Monday, March 21, 2011

Mayor, Mayo and Wet Wipes

Today we found out that the Mayor of our city has signed our paperwork approving our adoption and has given authority back to the inspector (who had this position before the change) to do the "conclusion" of our adoption. This is the step before our case goes to the court. The inspector wants to do the "conclusion" on Wednesday and then we will go and get a court date. YAY!!! The Lord is SO good!!! This is very good and a huge step considering all of the changes going on. Thank you so much for all of your prayers!! 

We are loving living in Ukraine!! The food is amazing, the people are very sweet and everyone dresses really nice. Seriously, all of the women here wear three to four inch heals no matter where they go. Whether it is a short walk down the street or a long stroll through the thick mud road. I love it! I am also in love with all of the women's jackets! They are so different and so beautiful. I love the ones with fur on the cuffs and on the hood of the jacket. I feel so frumpy compared to all of the locals here for sure. I am walking around in my travel flats (which are not cute), my Columbia jacket and non-skinny jeans (I figured it would be too cold for those). I was not planning to look cute. Oh well. :) I am also loving the food here. Being from the south, I have a deep love for fried food and pretty much everything here is fried. Fried chicken, fried pork, fried potato pancakes (my favorite dish so far), french fries, fried crepes, fried homemade potatoes (which are cut up and mixed with a bunch of ingredients) and the list goes on.  So life is good. I also have a liking for mayo. I mean I like it on my hot dog, hamburger or whatever else you put it on. I thought I liked it more than most people but let me tell you what, Ukrainians (where we are) love the stuff!! We have had it on most dishes we've been served such as fried chicken/pork, pizza, crepes, fries, and salads (think of slaw made with 80% mayo). So I pretty much get my fill of mayo each day.

Today was such a fun day with our sweet little guy. For our morning visit we spent most of our time outside. It was warmer today and the ground was dry for the most part. We had a lot of fun. We brought the ball and he kicked it around everywhere, we slid down slides, we got on swings together, walked/ran around the yard and watched some chickens. In the back of the orphanage are some yards filled with chickens. They were so much fun to watch. He loved when the rooster would crow and when the hens would peck at the ground. It was like a free petting zoo without the petting part. :)

In between our visits to the orphanage we ventured out to the main square in town to buy paper, a notebook and internet minutes. OLG loves to color and loves for papa to draw “machinos” or cars so we thought blank paper and a notebook would be perfect for him. Due to our lack of language skills we do a lot of pointing and laughing. I am sure we look ridiculous but oh well we were not sure if we needed to learn Russian or Ukrainian. I was reading in another blog before I came that they used Google Translate to help translate some things. I thought that was a great idea but we didn't get that turned on before we left. Whoops. I think it is fun to learn by trial and error so I am fine with not having it.

Our afternoon visit was pretty funny. We were prepared with new and exciting things to do. We had new paper and a fancy new notebook with a car on the front of it. We thought that would be perfect and he would love the car on the front and spend a lot of time drawing in his brand spanking new notebook. Well we always start our time off with a snack and juice. This time we had remembered to bring wet wipes to wash his sticky hands off with. So after snack we got out his new notebook with the car on the front, he looked at it for a few seconds, thought it is sort of cool and then grabbed the wet wipe to clean the room. He thought the wet wipe was the best thing in the whole world!! He played with three different wet wipes for over an hour and a half! A Wet Wipe of all things! He washed the glass exit door on the front and on the back (papa picked him up to get the top parts of the door), the walls, the sink and whatever else he thought needed to be clean. I felt bad at first like he was trying to impress us with his cleaning skills, then I realized he was really having fun. Whenever it would get dry, he would go to the sink in the bathroom, re-wet it and pick up where he left off. Sweet! Not only does he like to organize, he likes to clean. Yes!! He is so like me! ; ) He had so much fun cleaning. I am pretty sure he had more fun with that Wet Wipe than everything else we have brought for him to play with. Who knew? I have pictures and can't wait to show you our little cleaner man!

I am loving reading your replies!! They are great encouragement!! Thank you so much for praying for us!!

10 comments :

  1. WOW! THis is such a great update. I love hearing all the details about your visits! I'm so amazed at your sweet little boy. I know it is so much fun to get to know him. Keep the updates coming...we LOVE them!!! Love to all 3 of you! Momma :-)

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  2. Awwww what a sweetie! Maryn likes to play with wet wipes too. It can keep a little kid busy, for sure. Another thing kids love that's similar is "painting" with water on the side of buildings or on sidewalks. Just use old paintbrushes and a tub of water and let him go at it. Lots of fun. :)

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  3. When he's done wet-wiping 1/2 the orphanage and your house once state-side, he can come to my house and wet-wipe some stuff. Love the updates--can't wait to see a whole picture and get his whole name! Hugs to you, Ken, and YLG.

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  4. LOL That is so hilarious about the wet wipes! I know what to get him as a welcome home gift! : ) Love all the stories. Greg loved hearing about the chickens of course. Hope y'all get to get some so he can have fun watching them here too. Can't wait to hear more!

    Karen

    P.S. SOOO exciting about the mayor signing off and getting to move forward with the conclusion of the adoption!!! Praise God!!!

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  5. YAY for the sign-off!!!! And btw...your little guy would fit right in at the Webbs. One of their favorite activities is to get a wet wipe and wipe EVERYTHING. It's great cheap entertainment. :)For future reference, you should always have some for rainy days. Ha! Love ya'll

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  6. I made Chicken Kiev for dinner tonight in honor of you guys! : )

    Karen

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  7. We are praying for you and your sweet boy. I am loving reading your updates. We can't wait to see his sweet face. We love you and are lifting you up!!

    Susanna and David Brown

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  8. Sweetie....do I need to get Google Translate on something before I come? Not sure what it goes on but I can do it if necessary. Love you! Momma :-)

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  9. How fun!! Your descriptions of the adoption process, the area and food are SO familiar! We adopted our son from Ukraine about 8 years ago and I love reading your story! (We go to church with your parents, Sarah.)

    God bless you on your adventure!!!
    Leslie

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  10. Thank you so much for you posts and for praying for us!! That is very encouraging! It is also good to know how much other kiddos like handi wipes. :) Too cute!! :)

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